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    Approved tack and equipment for

    British Dressage competitions

    Effective 1 December 2019

    This revised pictorial guide has been devised to be used alongside the British Dressage Members’

    Handbook for clarification on permitted tack and equipment. British Dressage endeavours to mirror

    FEI Rules for permitted tack and equipment.

    Tack reviews are ongoing but, any additional permitted tack and equipment updates will only be

    issued twice yearly to coincide with the beginning of the summer and winter seasons (1 December

    and 30 June).

    At all BD Championships, there will be an appointed BD Steward(s) in attendance in all warm up

    arenas responsible for tack and equipment checking every competitor each time they compete. This

    will be a physical (not just visual) tack check, including nosebands. It’s the organisers’ responsibility

    to appoint stewards for this function and they must be BD or FEI qualified to the appropriate level,

    for further guidelines on the official tack check, please see rule 108 in the 2020 Members Handbook.

    For the complete guidelines on permitted tack and riding the test and penalties, please see section

    Section 1 of the Members’ Handbook.

    If the equipment that you are looking at are similar to those pictured, it’s permitted for use in BD

    competitions. If you have a query on any tack or equipment that you’re unsure about, please email

    a picture of the item to the Member Experience Manager for clarification.


    Please note that bridles without a throatlash will be permitted for use for national competitions,

    for international competitions please check FEI rules.

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    Egg butt

    (also permitted for bridoons)

    Loose ring

    (also permitted for bridoons)

    Sleeved cheeks

    Shaped sleeved cheeks

    Full cheek / Fulmer

    Hanging cheek/Baucher


    Various gag cheeks

    Myler (or similar)

    cheeks for use with hooks

    Bevel bit/cheeks

    Any combination of permitted cheeks and permitted mouthpieces can be used under BD rules.

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    Ported unjointed bit

    Mullen mouth (including

    Flexible mouthpieces)

    Double jointed snaffle

    Single jointed

    snaffle (including Lock up)

    NB Lock-up snaffle may not

    be used as a bridoon

    Loose ring dressage plate

    Cable double jointed

    Ported barrel

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    Cable single


    B-ring snaffle

    Dr Bristol

    Mouthpiece with rotating middle


    Jointed barrel mouthpiece

    Low ported barrel

    Double jointed

    plastic bit

    Happy Mouth straight bar

    Hippus C1100

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    Weymouth (largest and

    smallest ports illustrated)

    Plastic covered Weymouth

    Neue Schule

    Turtle Tilt

    Weymouth with

    sliding mouthpiece or rotating arms


    Tongue Plate NP Bit

    (any type)

    Various mouthpieces

    (including leather


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    Bit guards

    Clip cheek

    piece attachment



    permitted on reins

    Bit clips on ergonomic

    bridles or full cheeked snaffles

    Curb chain


    Bridles and nosebands

    Bridle with anatomical/padded


    Combination/ergonomic bridles

    (clips on Micklem are not permitted)

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    Cornell Collar

    Dyon X-Fit Anatomic

    Dyon Difference (double and snaffle bridle)

    Stubben Snaffle 2500 Freedom

    Shadow Horse – bridle with D-rings at ooll

    PS of Sweden noseband

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    Bridles and Nosebands

    Drop noseband

    Figure of eight or Grackle noseband

    (sheepskin pad under crossover sections is


    Flash noseband

    Tota Comfort System


    Looped/modified Reins (including knotted



    dispensation has been granted

    Bridles are to be used in the conventionally accepted manner and must consist of a brow band, cheek

    pieces and noseband unless a combination bridle is used. Bridles are to be black, brown, grey or navy,

    coloured piping is permitted.

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    Saddles and stirrups

    Western saddle


    Contact saddles

    All saddles must

    have a cantle and a pommel

    Side saddle

    Organiser and judge must be

    notified prior to competition

    Arabian saddle

    Iberian saddle

    Magnetic stirrups

    Any colour stirrups

    Velcro straps to stirrups

    Saddles are to be black, brown, grey or navy – small panels of colour are permitted.

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    Whips and spurs

    Comb spurs

    Rollerball spurs

    Rowelled spurs Now permitted for all


    Rowels must have rounded

    ends – rowelled spurs with

    pointed ends will be removed


    Swan neck spurs

    Fitted as

    illustrated left

    Vertical rowels/rollerball spurs

    Plastic spurs

    (all spurs must be made of metal)

    NB – Spurs – the shank of the spur must be horizontal to the ground or pointing down – failure to

    adhere to this rule will result in elimination

    Please see individual Championship rules for specific rulings on whips and spurs.

    Riders may carry one whip unless they hold a valid dispensation certificate. Whips may be used at

    Premier Leagues unless the selectors specify otherwise, but may not be used at Area Festivals,

    Associated Championship, Combined Training Championships, Regionals or National/Winter

    Championships will result in elimination from the class.

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    Competitor dress

    Navy jackets with red collar and

    points with silver piping (tail coat or

    short coat)

    Only permitted if riders have been selected to compete on a Senior Championship Team, GBR rider or a P, COH, J, YR British Championship team or as an individual rider see rule 4 in 2020 Rule Book


    Jackets may be in any conservative. Jackets must be

    worn in all Championship,

    Regional, Premier League and High

    Profile classes


    If you are permitted to ride without a

    jacket a fitted waistcoat in a

    conservative colour may be worn

    Show Shirt

    If no jacket is worn, a sleeved traditional style shirt with a tie, American collar or fastened stock is permitted.

    Mirrored hats

    Top hats

    Only permitted for Advanced to Grand Prix level although

    organisers may request riders under 25 wear a protective




    Permitted in warm

    up only unless dispensation has been


    Jackets may be in any conservative colour in muted tones. Contrast piping is permitted. Jackets must

    be worn in all Championship, Regional, Premier League and High Profile classes, however you are

    permitted to ride without a jacket in all other classes. A fitted waistcoat in a conservative colour may

    be worn. If no jacket is worn, a sleeved traditional style shirt with a tie, American collar or fastened

    stock is permitted.

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    Additional equipment/accessories

    Fly veil/hood

    Infrared fly veil/poll guard/saddlecloth

    The use of

    infrared technology is prohibited in

    competion and warm up

    Nose net (use with strap on the chin

    not permitted)

    Not permitted under FEI rules

    Face masks

    Not permitted under FEI rules